Angelo's Tavolo, at the Glen Sanders Mansion, in Scotia, NY is consistently a good experience. We prefer to eat at the bar in the basement, the bar was busy, but we were able to find a couple of comfortable stools. The tables behind us were filling up quickly as well. A nod to the Mazzone group for having yet another good spot to dine.
Part of the experience of eating at the bar is chatting with the bar tender. We asked him what martini was his favorite to make. He said he was working on a new one and asked if I like lemon and basil. When I said yes, he muddled some basil and created a delicious lemon basil martini that was as fresh as it was delicious.
We ordered the Bruschetta with house-made ricotta, honey and guanciale (un-smoked Italian bacon) and were disappointed. The ricotta was dry, the honey barely showed up and the guanciale had little flavor. We wouldn't order this appetizer again. This is one reason why this review is for only four starts instead of five. The bread, however, is worth the visit alone. They serve the bread and breadsticks with a dish of delicious accompaniments and a nice dry cheese. The portion seemed a little smaller than on previous visits, but if asked, they would bring more.
The entree portions are always a good size at Tavolo, so we typically share just one entree. For the sake of the review, however, we felt we should order two entrees. The Veal Chop Parmigiano, Tavolo Style, is served with a choice of pasta; we chose the house-made spinach gnocchi. As with the bread, this did not disappoint. The chop was tender, smothered in mozzarella; the gnocchi were equally as tender. The Pappardelle alla Bolognese is always delicious. It's unfortunate that they don't make their own pappardelle, but the bolognese is so good, the fact that it isn't house-made pasta is almost overlooked (reason #2 for four stars).
Overall, we will certainly go back to Tavolo. The staff is always friendly and attentive and the food is consistently good.
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